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Laws of physics take a holiday

Ride your bike off a skyscraper and you’d expect to not so much ride as plummet to a very messy death. That’s the way it’s supposed to work in ‘realistic’ video games too, but a glitch in Grand Theft Auto V means players can cheerfully ride down the side of skyscrapers.

Apparently, the game’s physics engine interprets falling off a building on a bike as riding down the side of it, and doesn’t take into account the small matter of a vertical slope not being something you can ride down even if you’re Danny MacAskill.

According to games website MotoringCrunch.com, riding down skyscrapers in now the happening thing in the game’s online multiplayer mode.

Developer Rockstar Games is expected to fix the glitch soon, so if you’re a gamer and want to find out what it’s like to ride down a skyscraper, you’d better move quickly, or watch this animated GIF:

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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aslongasicycle [389 posts] 3 years ago
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Even though this sort of incredibly irresponsible behaviour that promotes all people except me because I am me to throw themselves off high buildings with bikes without thinking about the risks I am heartened to see that the protagonist is wearing a helmet which would no doubt protect a cyclist falling from 800ft and I for one long for the innocence of long winter clubruns without the threat of watt meters or falling off buildings and if you don't believe me I once rode down the Empire State Building on an old red 7 speed Rourke in Reynolds tubing and if it wasn't for my helmet I feel certain I would have died and I demand an apology.

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farrell [1946 posts] 3 years ago
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Do the brakes work?

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notfastenough [3728 posts] 3 years ago
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aslongasicycle wrote:

Even though this sort of incredibly irresponsible behaviour that promotes all people except me because I am me to throw themselves off high buildings with bikes without thinking about the risks I am heartened to see that the protagonist is wearing a helmet which would no doubt protect a cyclist falling from 800ft and I for one long for the innocence of long winter clubruns without the threat of watt meters or falling off buildings and if you don't believe me I once rode down the Empire State Building on an old red 7 speed Rourke in Reynolds tubing and if it wasn't for my helmet I feel certain I would have died and I demand an apology.

Take heart though, at least you weren't cut by the rough edge of a split velopac...

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Gkam84 [9110 posts] 3 years ago
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I am loving the gif, I wonder if we can see something like that in Road Bike Party 3....

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Wolfshade [200 posts] 3 years ago
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Reminds me of my commute, unfortunately the "downhill" segment has been flagged on Strava as hazardous.

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argotittilius [23 posts] 3 years ago
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I reckon that counts as strava terrorism, and it's definitely against their community guidelines

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 3 years ago
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I always knew cyclists had super powers

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Raleigh [1667 posts] 3 years ago
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The cycling in GTAV is pretty funny in general.